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Product Details

  • Series: Mission Hope
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Original edition (March 30, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310319056
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310319054
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,586,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Ghost Soldiers are more than a frightful legend whispered about in the shadows of night---they’re a very real threat, and they’ve just murdered Joseph Komboli’s mother and taken his seven-year-old sister and father as slaves. Although wounded, Joseph finds his way to Natalie Sinclair, a medical consultant in the Republic of Dhambizao. Chad Talcott, a successful surgeon who has left his practice in the states to volunteer at the too-small, understaffed clinic in Dhambizao, tends to more than Joseph’s wounds. Touched by the boy’s plight, Chad and Natalie make a decision to fight the nefarious slave traders, who threaten everyone in their path. Although their mission is perilous, and their lives are at risk, Chad and Natalie forge a deep friendship that grows into a romantic relationship. The author’s experiences as a missionary in Africa add to the authenticity of this tale of love and faith in the face of great danger. With its rich details and powerful, emotional message, this is the first book in Harris’ Mission Hope series. (Shelley Mosley)

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Natalie Sinclair is working to eradicate the diseases decimating whole villages in the Republic of Dhambizao when she meets Dr. Chad Talcott, a surgeon on sabbatical from a lucrative medical practice now volunteering at a small clinic. Meanwhile, things are unraveling in Dhambizao. Joseph Komboli returns to his village to discover rebel soldiers abducting his family and friends. Those that were too old or weak to work lay motionless in the African soil. When Chad and Natalie decide to help Joseph expose this modern-day slave trade---and a high-ranking political figure involved in it---disaster nips at their heels. Where is God in the chaos? Will Chad, Natalie, and Joseph win their race against time? Romance and adventure drive Blood Ransom, by Lisa Harris, a powerful thriller about the modern-day slave trade and those who dare to challenge it. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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LISA HARRIS is a Christy Award finalist for Blood Ransom, Christy Award winner for Dangerous Passage, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 from Romantic Times. She has over thirty novels and novella collections in print. She and her family have spent over ten years living as missionaries in Africa where she homeschools, leads a women's group, and runs a non-profit organization that works alongside their church-planting ministry. The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for her to "speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves...the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (Proverbs 31:8)

When she's not working she loves hanging out with her family, cooking different ethnic dishes, photography, and heading into the African bush on safari. For more information about her books and life in Africa visit her website at www.lisaharriswrites.com or her blog at http://myblogintheheartofafrica.blogspot.com. For more information about The ECHO Project, please visit www.theECHOproject.org.


Customer Reviews

It kept me on the edge of my seat until I read the very last page.
Amazon Customer
It was well written and made me more aware of things such has human trafficking and how we must stand up for what is right, trusting God to protect us.
Gramma Geri
There's adventure, suspense, likeable characters, and even a little romance thrown in.
LMS

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By t.e. George on March 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Natalie Sinclair went to the Republic of Dhambizao to find ways to bring healing to the African country but what she finds is a sickness far more devastating and insidious than Ebola or Malaria. Just five days before national elections, which hope to prove peaceful, Natalie meets Joseph Komboli. The young man tells her a horrifying story of "Ghost Soldiers" that raided his village and took his family away to work as slaves in the mineral mines. Somewhere near that village is the proof, a camera he used to record an evil everyone from high government officials to humanitarian workers refuse to admit even exists. Soon Natalie, Joseph, and Dr. Chad Talcott find themselves in a race for their lives to prove what no one wants to believe.

Though better known for her cozy mysteries and light romance, author Lisa Harris moves to new ground in this the first of her Mission Hope Series. Sure, there's a budding romance and the usual relational issues one might expect from Lisa's writing but that is where the similarities between her previous works and Blood Ransom end. Human trafficking and modern day slavery is real and too often either ignored or glossed over. Through the medium of fiction and suspense we are immersed in a world that unfortunately is far from fiction. The author is a missionary in Mozambique and it is obvious she knows what she is talking about. There is nothing cozy or romantic about a people abused by their own government and exploited by the greed of those they will never see face to face. Blood Ransom is about slavery but it focuses more on those who need to be convinced rather than those who are actually suffering. We see little of the plight of Joseph's family mining for precious metals so we can have cheap cell phones in the Western world.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By LMS on June 12, 2010
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This is a book full of heart-pounding adventure. A young 15 year old boy named Joseph returns to his village. He sees his family and friends being attacked by "Ghost Solders", who many believe are rumor and nothing more. He watches his mother, sister, father and other love ones being taken into slavery. He knows they will be put to work in the diamond mines. Others like his grandfather, who are either too old or too weak to work are killed on the spot. Young Joseph knows people will not believe his story alone, so he decides to get some evidence. He takes some very incriminating photos and overhears a very incriminating conversation.

When people first hear Joseph's story, they think he made it up. But then they realize he would have no reason to lie. When they see the photos, they can no longer deny the existence of the Ghost Solders and how serious the situation really is. Joseph tells his story to two Americans, one a doctor, the other doing vaccinations in the area. Natalie Sinclair and Dr. Chad Talcott. They agree to help Joseph. What they don't realize, is that there are some people, high up in the country's government who will do anything, even kill, to keep those photos from being released to the press or anyone else. They quickly learn that a high ranking public official is involved, though they don't know how much.

They begin a race against time. They need to get the photos into the right hands, while avoiding the people who want them at any cost. This book is full of tense situations, narrow escapes, and will keep you on the edge of your seat. There are certain books that lend themselves to being made into a movie. I believe this is one of those books. I think this book would make an excellent movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Discovering Liz on February 25, 2011
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In the Republic of Dhambizao there have been rumors of Ghost Soldiers raiding villages and all the people simply disappearing, but young Joseph Komboli has seen it with his own eyes as he watches his family attacked. Desiring to find his father before he's killed, he seeks the help of Natalie Sinclair, an American woman working for disease control, but she has no idea of the web of danger that she is about to get tangled in.

I liked the book, but I'm sorry to say I just didn't love it. The suspense was there, although more so toward the latter half of the book. I found the story somewhat difficult to get into, though. It could be that I didn't care very much for the characters, as they didn't have much depth to me.

I'd say my biggest struggle with the book was with the portrayal of the characters. I know for sure that Natalie and Chad were Americans, but I'm not certain who else was American. Since the story was set in Africa I had to assume that all the other characters were African, but they seemed very American in all the dialog. I felt like there should've been a better distinction made in the storytelling.

I will say that I appreciate Lisa Harris as a Christian writer who writes a "clean" romance. Some Christian authors just go a bit over the top for me.

I wish to thank Zondervan for providing me with a free copy of the book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Justice Pirate on November 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was going to talk more directly about human trafficking. It was a bit of a godly action love story all mixed in with corrupt government issues that do sadly occur. In particular, this story is about a woman who gets involved in helping a boy who finds her and tells her that his village was rampaged and that they were brought to a slave labor camp to get minerals for our use of cell phones, laptops, cameras, etc. This is a reality that I don't believe gets touched up on enough, but at the same time this wasn't a primary focus in the book which let me down. I loved the idea of the power of prayer in here, but at the same time some of the situations and instances were very abnormal and unrealistic that it was a little corny at times. I guess with all the books I've read on human trafficking (this being the 18th or so), I have created higher expectations for what I expect in the books! It wasn't bad though. I'm not much for fiction so that's probably why I didn't like it as much.
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